Trip Report    

Sea Kayak - Chuckanut Bay

Planned trip for -3.1 low tide, hoping to see good tidal pools on Chuckanut Island. Unfortunately, turned around at 1.4 miles due to strong wind and high waves.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • A beautiful day, except winds and waves were too high to complete this student paddle.  Bellingham buoy reported sustained winds were 9-16 knots with gusts 16-22 knots.  I observed waves approximately 2.5 feet high.  For reference, NOAA predicted 1 foot waves and predicted 1.5 foot waves.

Launched at 10am.

Group took break and turned around at 1.4 miles at 11:30am.  Used sheltered waters in a bay behind a large rock on the way back and practiced wet exits and self/assisted rescues.

Returned to Wildcat Cove at 1:00pm to find it completely drained of water at about -2.9 foot tide.  Had to walk boats across mud to get back to cars, but mud was firm and easy enough to walk on.